Treatments and therapies

In most cases of myositis, symptoms can be eased with a combination of treatment and therapies.

Treating myositis

Myositis varies from person to person meaning some trial and error may be needed to settle on the best treatment plan. This may involve a combination of medication, exercise, diet and other therapies. Explore these pages to find out more about the options available.


Polymyositis, dermatomyositis and juvenile dermatomyositis usually respond well to a combination of steroids and immunosuppressive medication such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Regrettably there is no proven treatment for inclusion body myositis but other options are available.

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Rest is advisable during the active phase of myositis. But once the inflammation has died down, active exercise becomes important. You doctor and physiotherapist will give you exercises when your disease is under control to help restore muscle strength.

More about exercise

Other therapies

Other therapies such as speech therapy and mind and body practices can complement treatment plans for those with myositis.

More about other therapies

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